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Dry Cough? Stuffed Nose? ICE CUBES TO THE RESCUE!

My son stumbled on this remedy on his own this afternoon… he was having some ice water to drink and happened to be sucking on an ice cube and his cough went from once ever minute to once every 5 minutes!!!! This is amazing! We’ll see how long it lasts!

Dry Cough:

http://www.reddit.com/r/LifeProTips/comments/162m3p/lpt_how_to_severely_reduce_coughing_with_only_an/

Stuffed Nose:

http://lifehacker.com/cure-a-stuffed-nose-with-an-ice-cube-1280843412

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“…out of 122 hospitals, [only] 19 would actually give a price quote”

http://difficultrun.nathanielgivens.com/2013/06/12/health-insurance-vs-food-insurance/

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Red#40 should be banned

“In Europe, Allura Red AC is not recommended for consumption by children. It is banned in Denmark, Belgium, France and Switzerland, and was also banned in Sweden until the country joined the European Union in 1994. The European Union approves Allura Red AC as a food colorant, but EU countries’ local laws banning food colorants are preserved.”
FROM:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allura_Red_AC#Potential_behavioral_effects

Add to that Yellow#5 and Yellow#6.

All three of these artifical colorings have been implicated in:

McCann D, Barrett A, Cooper A, et al. (November 2007). “Food additives and hyperactive behaviour in 3-year-old and 8/9-year-old children in the community: a randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial”. Lancet 370 (9598): 1560–7. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(07)61306-3. PMID 17825405.
LINK: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17825405

Food coloring, or color additive

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_coloring#Current_seven

My take on this is that, like with lots of different things, some people are fine with it, some people are not so fine, and some are really bad and must avoid completely. For example… here’s a quote I read:

“We cannot do Red 40 at all in our house. When our four year old has even the smallest amount it leads to diarrhea, mood swings, hyper activity, stuttering, night terrors, and it is a trigger for her absence seizures. When our two year old has even the smallest amount it leads to hyper activity, and full body hives. We have had to eliminate it entirely from our home and that includes things like medicine, toothpaste, and lip gloss even. I will never forget when our two year old licked some pink girlie lip gloss and got a rash on her face that made her look like the joker.”

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Dear health insurance company…

Dear health insurance company… Your recent letter indicating that rates are “only” increasing 5% in 2013 is a joke. You realize the math, right? If inflation is ~3% currently/historically, then a 5% annual increase (effectively 2% in current year dollars) means that health insurance prices will DOUBLE in ~36 years (using the “rule of 72″). 1.02^36 ~= 2

Yeah, good luck with that working out everyone!

See also:
http://www.bls.gov/data/ or google “inflation historical”
– rule of 72 — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_of_72

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If you are pondering indoor air-quality…

If you are pondering indoor air-quality in your home… I urge you to look into the issue of flame-retardants in furniture — specifically in the foam used in mattresses and couches.

Here is an upsetting recent article on the topic PBDEs and chlorinated Tris (I knew about PBDEs, but hadn’t considered that (DUH!) the replacement would probably be just as bad or worse. And that they don’t even work!)

Some good practical advice here (if you are a millionaire)

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Jane McGonigal TED talk: Gaming can make a better world

Watch this TED talk on using gaming to “save the world”. I think it’s quite compelling. Maybe the logic falls apart if one thinks about it more than 18 minutes, but I think there is A LOT of truth to this based on what I see with my own kids and their gaming.

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Our Wall-E waistlines

Folks, Wall-E is not the future. It is now!

“…if trends continue, 83 percent of men and 72 percent of women are projected to be overweight or obese by 2020.”

Is that right? Wow.

LINK

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